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Bear Lakes Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 752 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2010

im a student at BLMS. this school is the best i learned a lot not to be bully my life haved change since i went to BLMS. the principal, teachers,ap,they the best you learn something new every year. Thank you BLMS you the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 27, 2009

I daughter attend this school, and at first I thought that it was pretty stupid, but after a while, i realized that there was a reason for every rule that they have there. It keeps the school in order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2009

This school has improved a lot ive been qoinq there for two years there are great people and great classes i really look forward to each day i go
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 8, 2009

Im a student at BLMS. Ive been going there since 6th grade year and now Im going into the 8th grade. And throughout those 2 going to be 3 years there, I havnt had any issues, and I have learned a lot, and my GPA never went below 3.5 and the teachers there are great, and you learn theres as much as you will in any other school. There may be rumers that its a bad school. But its not. If your saying 'Oh my child went there and didnt learn anything.' ,well thats your childs fault, he or she decided not to learn. It wasnt the teachers faults. The Biotec program they have there is great! and the teachers that are in charge of it are fantastic. The clubs and sports are also great. I never had a thought about transfering. BLMS is a wonderful school and I recomend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 5, 2009

I currently go to blms, and honeestly want to move schools. Theirs way to much violence for me, and i cant take that! i've had phones stolenn serveral times! i deffinatly wouldnt be sending my child to this school if it was an option!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 21, 2009

i am not pleased with the level of safety at this school or the structure in the classes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

This is an excellent school, though it has had a bad reputation in the past, the school has tremendously improved. I'm a student coming from a school with a higher grade than blms and honestly, I've never been challenged or paid attention to like at blms. I'm going to miss it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 30, 2008

This is one of the best schools ever, because the have helpful teachers even though they maybe strict it is to help students pay attention and understand things clearly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 10, 2007

This is one of the best schools I have been too. Some people think its a bad school, but they don't know. The teachers help you understand better instead of moving on. The transportation after school is incredible, and the activities they have. One of the BEST schools for discipline and misbehavior, they treat you right and help you with different opportunites.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 26, 2007

Even though there are some good teachers, I am pulling him out of BLMS due to the lack of education and structure he receives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

Did not like the school at all. Transferred to roosevelt
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 12, 2006

My son graduated from BLMS in 2005 and went on to be accepted in a Magnet Program in a High School that had received an 'A' grade. This was all because of his teachers at BLMS. The teachers exposed him and expected nothing but quality work from him. While every school has its own unique problems, BLMS is no different. The difference is my involvement as a parent. I send my child to school to learn and excel in all areas of life in addition to what he is taught and the expectations at home. Learning and achieving begins at home, is developed in school and the community, and ends at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Not happy at all with teachers performance and treating students the same. Very unfair school towards parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2005

Bear lakes is a very good school. it has a bad reputation but it all depends on the graduating class you get. the teachers are enthusiastic about what they do and all know what they are doing. very good at consequences for out of line behavior.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 14, 2004

I just graduated from Bear Lakes and am now a freshman. I had three of the best years of my life there. The teachers are encouraging. The sports teams are equally leveled out and there are great extra-cirricular activities. I have heard that it has inproved over the year, which is because of the great staff and coaches. I loved it there and I desperately wish I could go back. I would reccomend this school to anybody. I wouldn't have liked any school better.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 26, 2003

If you care about your children, do not send them to this school!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
38%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 59% in 2013.

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
35%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
34%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2013.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
34%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

227 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
44%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 56% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 47% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
23%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 79% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

243 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "B".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
92%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 74% 23%
Hispanic 17% 29%
White 5% 42%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian N/A 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 61%73%61%
Master's degree 35%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 2%1%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Mr. Kirk Howell
Fax number
  • (561) 615-7756

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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